Nancy E. Lashbrook

December 3, 1952February 12, 2017
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Nancy E. Lashbrook, 64, of Springfield, passed away on Sunday February 12, 2017 at Memorial Medical Center. She left the way she lived, surrounded by her loving family. Although she has been robbed of life, and life has been robbed of her caring presence, we can take solace in the fact that her pain from ALS has ended. Heaven now has the most patient and kind person to have walked this planet. She was born on December 3, 1952 in Springfield to Norman and Eleanor Judd Richter. Nancy married Steve Lashbrook on July 20, 1974 in Springfield at Grace Lutheran Church and he survives.

Mrs. Lashbrook is also survived by one daughter Lauren (Charles) Davis, one brother David Richter, two grandchildren: Charles Richter Davis and Eleanor Blake Davis, and one brother-in-law John (Beth) Lashbrook all of Springfield as well as one nephew and several nieces, cousins, an uncle and several aunts.

Nancy graduated from Springfield High School in 1970 and went on to earn a B.S. in education from Illinois State University and an M.S. in education from Eastern Michigan University. Nancy was a middle school teacher at Pleasant Plains and at Whitmore Lake in Michigan for over thirty years. After retiring back to Springfield, she enjoyed reconnecting with her former students as they started their professional careers and families, many of whom have sent their condolences. Nancy and Steve loved walking on the beach during the winter months at their residence in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. She enjoyed cooking but most of all she cherished the time she had with her beloved grandchildren Richter and Blake.

A memorial service will be held at 6:00 pm on Friday February 17, 2017 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 2477 West Washington Street with Pastor Greg Busboom officiating. The family will meet friends from 4:00 pm until the time of service Friday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church for the benefit of the preschool, or to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois, 610 North Seventh Street, Springfield, Illinois 62702.

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  • Memorial Visitation Friday, February 17, 2017
  • Memorial Service Friday, February 17, 2017

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February 22, 2017

Dave, surprised to see about your sister. I didn't know that they finally discovered what was wrong with her. Tom stopped by your BIL's house yesterday to personally deliver our condolences.

Pam Burk

Deanna Mausolf

February 18, 2017

Sorry for your loss , our thoughts are with you.

Mausolf Family

Rich Mitchell

February 17, 2017

Sadden to hear of your loss. I hope these past years living in your hometown have created many loving memories.

Nancy Mineweaser

February 17, 2017

I am so sorry for your loss. May your wonderful memories of Nancy live on forever.

Mary Jo Meade

February 17, 2017

I will remember Nancy with a smile on my face. A sweet caring person that I knew through our years at Whitmore Lake schools. My prayers go out to the family.

Byron McCall

February 17, 2017

Mr. Lashbrook and Family,
My thoughts and prayers go out to your family for your loss. Nancy was a wonderful person.

Radene Crawford

February 17, 2017

I was friends with Nancy starting in grade school through high school and college. I was even an attendant in her wedding to Steve. She was always such a happy, caring person. My thoughts and prayers go out to Steve and her family. She was taken too soon and will be greatly missed.

Katie Lyons

February 16, 2017

My brother, Kevin, & I had the pleasure of having Mrs. Lashbrook as our 5th grade teacher, a few years apart (Katie: '97-98 school year, Kevin: '00-'01 school year). She was a lovely, kind & patient person who helped me to understand & like a subject in which I struggled with...math! My sympathies to her family, may you find comfort in your memories with her during this difficult time.

Katie Lyons

February 16, 2017

My brother & I had the pleasure of having Mrs. Lashbrook as our 5th grade teacher, a few years apart. She was a lovely, kind & patient person who taught me to like and understand a subject in school which I struggled with...math! Sending sympathies to her family, may your memories comfort you during this difficult time.

February 16, 2017

Words cannot express how sad I feel about Nancy's passing. I have such fond memories of the years I worked with her in Whitmore Lake. My prayers are with you Lauren and Steve. God Bless. Joyce Brenner, Manistee MI